SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The family of a woman who was fatally shot at San Francisco’s Pier 14 last week is seeking donations through GoFundMe.
Kate Steinle’s big brother Brad says the money will go toward charities important to his sister, including the challenged athletes foundation and the performing animal welfare society.
“The day before Kate died she changed her Facebook cover photo with a saying that said ‘Whatever’s good for your soul……….do that,” Brad wrote. “We are truly grateful for all of the love and support that we have received and the idea that so many people want to keep Kate’s legacy alive.”
More than $35,000 have been raised so far.
Steinle will also be remembered Thursday afternoon at a private memorial service in her hometown of Pleasanton.
The 32-year-old San Francisco resident suffered a single gunshot wound to her torso in a shooting last Wednesday that appeared to be completely random.
In several jailhouse interviews, Mexican national Francisco Sanchez admits he accidentally shot and killed Steinle near Pier 14.
Sanchez, 45, had seven felony convictions, but none recent and none violent when he was released by San Francisco authorities despite an immigration and having been deported five times before.
He also confirmed that he came to the city because of its status as a sanctuary, which has prompted finger-pointing between Immigration Customs and Enforcement and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department over the two-decade old policy.